I tried making the following change to my wordpress site to permanently redirect a common link to a new page. I could've -sworn- that this used to work. But it simply does not (at least in WP 3.9). I have had to resort to using a Redirect Plug-In.

I'm wondering -why- it doesn't work and if there is a technique which -will- work. I'd prefer to continue to use .htaccess for simplicity.

Below is the .htaccess file:

 Redirect 301 http://mysite.com/gigs  http://mysite.com/booking/

 # BEGIN WordPress
 <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
 RewriteEngine On
 RewriteBase /
 RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
 RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
 RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

Again, it works by using a redirect plug-in inside WP, but there must be a way to force the 'redirection' to occur -before- the URL is passed to the WP engine, right? How is the done?

  • What does happen when you say it "Doesn't work"? Do you mean it just doesn't redirect or is there some other error? I'd disable your redirection plugins in Wordpress before you do any more testing. These can cause some confusion when the redirect happens, as it's impossible to know whether it's the htaccess that is doing the redirect, or has been passed onto Wordpress. Jun 14, 2014 at 0:52
  • I mean it simply does not redirect. No error. I have disabled the redirection plug-in. But again, I only added that -after- I made my attempts to use .htaccess. The plug-in taps into the WP redirection system -after- .htaccess is processed. Any ideas?
    – jchwebdev
    Jun 18, 2014 at 20:40

2 Answers 2


Your syntax for Redirect is wrong.

  • The first URL should be relative
  • The second URL should be abolute

Try this instead:

Redirect 301 /gigs  http://example.com/booking/
  • Doesn't work. Is there any way I can log -why- it fails?
    – jchwebdev
    Jun 13, 2014 at 16:31
  • Is there a way to log why it fails?
    – jchwebdev
    Jun 18, 2014 at 20:40

To use Redirect you need mod_alias enabled in your apache configuration. If it is not working, it is likely that this module is not enabled.

As you are using mod_rewrite module for redirects already and it is enabled, you should really use RewriteRule:

RewriteRule ^/gigs$ http://example.com/booking/ [R=301,L,NE]
  • Tried that. Doesn't work. I've tried that line in just about every position between the <IfModule> section. Any more ideas?
    – jchwebdev
    Jun 18, 2014 at 20:50

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